saturday oct 21, 2017


mississauga valley community centre and library

Mississauga Valley Community Centre and Library, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5A 3R8


9:15am - 10:00AM

Registration, Coffee and CONNECT

Saturday morning. We can't wait to meet you.  This is where our community starts!

Come meet us, register, and connect with others.  There will be coffee, tea, water and snacks waiting for you when you arrive.  You want to be ready for this awesome day.  


Morning Summit

10:00 AM - 10:15 

Sperry Bilyea


Sperry will set the stage for the day, share SYT updates, logistics  and how the day will proceed

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Susan schenk

Why dread lives in your child's head 

Susan will take you down the road of learning differently and why dread was a big part of her life.  She will then talk about small steps that can be taken to help you move your child away from the dread and into the world of mastering how they learn. 

10:45 Am - 11:45 AM

Dr. KRistiN Neff

Self Compassion: The Key to inner strength and resilience for parents 

Dr. Kristin Neff will be sharing her wisdom and research on self compassion and how it's the key to copying with stress of being a parent. 

11:45 AM - 12:00 Pm 

break time


12:00 Pm - 1:00 pm 

Dr. Kelly Arbor Nicitopoulos

The ABC's of Exercise and it's Impact on Physical and Mental Health

We know exercise is good for you but what if it had such an impact on your child's overall health that you considered it to be more than something good to do. This is not your usual talk. Dr Kelly Arbor Nicitopoulos is passionate about exercise and it's impact on children's overall physical and mental health.  

 Lunch Break

1:00 pm -1:50pm

You can order lunch at the Summit and keep things simple.  Or you can venture to other areas to find the food of your choice.  Or bring your lunch.  It's up to you -- our experts will be available to chat with you during this time.  If its nice out we can even go out for a walk and enjoy the outside.

Afternoon Summit

2:00 pM - 3:00 pM

Dr. Irina Matveikova

Mind–Gut Connection

The digestive system is similar to the brain and Dr Irina will tell us how and why. Dr. Irina will discuss how the digestive system and the gut microbiome influence and even determine brain development and mental health.  

3:00pm - 3:20pm 


2nd workshop

3:20 PM - 4:20 PM 

susan Schenk 

technology: what it can offer your child

Technology is a powerful tool when you have a learning difference.  Step into this workshop to find out why it's powerful and some simple tips and approaches you can use at home to start empowering your child so they can see their learning abilities. 

4:25pm - 4:40pm


Time to review the day with Sperry